The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Results revealed on p3

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by SerialCeler » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:16 pm

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We might not have new game announcements, or new trailers to show off (I'm sure we could get someone to start ranting about EA if necessary...), but the time is here yet again to vote in the only video game awards that really matter – the 2017 GRcade Game of the Year Awards :toot:

We don't have a bucketload of pointless categories, just five in which to make your choices.

What to do now

1. Copy and paste the voting form (below), fill in your nominations, and post it in this thread. You don’t have to give your reasons, but if you do it makes for a better discussion.
2. You don’t need to vote in every category, just the ones you feel confident to make a nomination.
3. Only one nomination per category please. If you put multiple votes in, I shall just count the first one mentioned.
4. Voting closes at 11.59pm on 13 January 2018, so there is plenty of time to get your votes in.

Voting form:

Best visuals:
Best audio:
Best multiplayer:
Most anticipated game:
GRcade Game of the Year 2017:


Award categories

Best visuals
This award recognises the game with the best visuals. This could encompass graphics, art style, lighting, animation, etc.
Eligible: Any game released in 2017

Previous winners:
2006: Gears of War
2007: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
2008: Gears of War 2
2009: Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
2010: God of War III / Mass Effect 2
2011: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
2012: Halo 4
2013: The Last of Us
2014: Driveclub / Mario Kart 8
2015: Splatoon / Star Wars: Battlefront
2016: Uncharted 4: A Thief's End


Best audio
This award recognises the game with the best audio. This could encompass music, score, sound effects, sound editing, sound mixing, voice acting, etc
Eligible: Any game released in 2017

Previous winners:
2006: Gears of War
2007: Super Mario Galaxy
2008: Dead Space
2009: Halo 3: ODST
2010: Halo: Reach
2011: Battlefield 3
2012: Hotline Miami
2013: The Last of Us
2014: Alien: Isolation
2015: Star Wars: Battlefront
2016: Doom


Best multiplayer
This award recognises the game with the best multiplayer. This should include the game itself, but also accessibility and ease of match-making, etc
Eligible: Any game released in 2017

Previous winners:
2006: Gears of War
2007: Halo 3
2008: Left 4 Dead
2009: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
2010: Halo: Reach
2011: Battlefield 3
2012: Nintendoland
2013: Battlefield 4
2014: Mario Kart 8
2015: Splatoon
2016: Overwatch


Most anticipated game
This award recognises the game members of GRcade are most looking forward to that has not yet been released.
Eligible: Any game that has been officially announced (so no Half-Life 3 please), but not yet released.

Previous winners:
2006: Halo 3
2007: Grand Theft Auto IV
2008: Resident Evil 5
2009: Halo: Reach / Mass Effect 2
2010: Mass Effect 3
2011: Mass Effect 3
2012: The Last of Us
2013: Xenoblade Chronicles X
2014: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2015: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
2016: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


GRcade Game of the Year 2016
The big one. This award recognises the best game of the year.
Eligible: Any game released in 2017

Previous winners:
2006: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
2007: Super Mario Galaxy
2008: Fable II
2009: Uncharted 2
2010: Mass Effect 2
2011: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2012: The Walking Dead
2013: The Last of Us
2014: Mario Kart 8
2015: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2016: Dark Souls III / Doom / The Last Guardian


Need a reminder of games released in 2017? Here’s a list.

So which games will get your votes?

Thanks to Jawa for the logo, as always :wub:

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PostRe: The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Voting is now open!
by Cheeky Devlin » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:23 pm

Best visuals: Star Wars Battlefront 2*
Best audio: Star Wars Battlefront 2*
Best multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (I've not really played much MP other than that this year)
Most anticipated game: Metroid Prime 4
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

* I will caveat that while BF2 is a steaming pile of pay-to-win filth, it does look and sound very very nice.

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PostRe: The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Voting is now open!
by Rax » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:33 pm

Best visuals: Cuphead
Most anticipated game: Dragon Quest 11
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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PostRe: The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Voting is now open!
by Tomous » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:36 pm

Best visuals: Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
Best audio: Super Mario Odyessy
Best multiplayer: Splatoon 2
Most anticipated game: Metroid Prime 4
GRcade Game of the Year 2017:

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PostRe: The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Voting is now open!
by NickSCFC » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:42 pm

Best visuals: Horizon Zero Dawn
Best audio: Persona 5
Best multiplayer: Splatoon 2
Most anticipated game: The Last of Us 2
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Super Mario Odyssey

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PostRe: The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Voting is now open!
by Trelliz » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:23 pm

Best visuals: Forza Motorsport 7
This looks absolutely amazing, a real step up when looking back at FM5, even on the base xbone hardware.

Best audio: Cuphead
I will never play this but it has a great period soundtrack which really stood out.

Best multiplayer: Gran Turismo Sport
However shite i may be at it, bringing iRacing-style driver rankings etc to console was a bold move.

Most anticipated game: Ni No Kuni 2
Absolutely loved the first, here's hoping this carries on being amazing.

GRcade Game of the Year 2017: none, i have barely bought anything which came out this year.

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PostRe: The GRcade Game of the Year Awards 2017: Voting is now open!
by Tafdolphin » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:42 pm

Best visuals: Only one game really wowed me this year, and that was Horizon: Zero Dawn. The sheer visual grunt, coupled with fantastic art direction, made it a real marvel.

Best audio: Probably my only entry that I'm 100% sure should clinch it: Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The 3D audio turned what could have been a fairly rote (but gorgeous) puzzler into an incredibly immersive and educational experience.

Best multiplayer: For me personally, either Overwatch or Overcooked. It's hard to argue against my actual pick, PUBG, though. It's been a phenomenon.

Most anticipated game: Well it was TLoU 2. Unfortunately the incredibly misjudged trailer at the Paris PS Expo changed my mind. In a year defined by the widening realisation that, yes, women are serially abused by men, ND go and release a trailer that consists purely of extreme violence being perpetrated on several women. Then they went and dismissed, in the most puerile and effortless way imaginable, a sexual assault allegation involving one of their design leads.

So it's not TLoU2. strawberry float that game and that team. It's Monster Hunter.

Game of the Year: Games that made a huge impression on me this year include Torment: Tides of Numanera which, although flawed, contained the year's best narrative, Stories Untold, a fiendishly clever little gem that went largely unnoticed and Wolfenstein: The New Colossus which not only provided the most WTF moments of the year but was the first game that felt like a genuine piece of protest art, intentional or not. [Can I change this? Ok, I changed this. It's Nier Automata. I forgot I played it this year]

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by OrangeRakoon » Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:52 pm

Lol at BOTW 3 year streak for most anticipated

Best visuals: Gravity Rush 2
Best audio: Gravity Rush 2
Best multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Most anticipated game: The Last of Us Part II
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

This year has been phenomenal, so many great games - but Zelda beats them all in its absolute majesty.

It's also impossible to not give the best multiplayer award to Mario Kart 8

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by Trelliz » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:01 pm

Rudolphin wrote:Most anticipated game: The New Colossus is my choice.


But thats already out?

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by Tafdolphin » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:06 pm

Trelliz wrote:
Rudolphin wrote:Most anticipated game: The New Colossus is my choice.


But thats already out?


Read that as GoTY

Amended, and added Most Anticipated

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by jawafour » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:33 pm

Best visuals: Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Best audio: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone
Best multiplayer: Pro Evolution Soccer PES 2018
Most anticipated game: Metro Exodus
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Super Mario Odyssey

I found voting pretty tough this year. I was close to putting Kart 8 Deluxe up for the Multiplayer award, but PES edged it out.

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by Pedz » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:45 pm

Best visuals: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Best audio: ..
Best multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Most anticipated game: Metroid Prime 4
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

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by Godzilla » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:47 pm

Best visuals: Zelda BOTW
Best audio: Samus Returns
Best multiplayer: Splatoon 2
Most anticipated game: Bloodborne 2
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Zelda BOTW

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by Miguel007 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:07 pm

Best Visuals: Horizon: Zero Dawn
Best Audio: Super Mario Odyssey
Best Multiplayer: Splatoon 2
Most Anticipated Game: Smash Bros. Switch
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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by Met » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:27 am

Best visuals- Persona 5
Honestly, this is based purely on the style it oozes. I'm not that fussed about photorealism in games, but give me a snazzy menu screen and I'm all over that gooseberry fool.

Best audio- Persona 5
There's not a bad song on the soundtrack and the better ones are outstanding.

Best multiplayer- Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood
I don't know if this counts. It's on the Wiki list and there's as much Stormblood content as there was A Realm Reborn content on launch so I'm throwing it in. It's also a fantastic FF game in its own right. Otherwise, I don't think I actually played a multiplayer game this year.

Most anticipated game- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
I need me some good new Castlevania in my brain.

GRcade Game of the Year 2017- Persona 5
While not as good as Persona 4 it's still a solid 10/10 and it's gotten a load of my friends into RPGs who before never even looked at them.

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by KjGarly » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:22 am

Best visuals: Uncharted Lost Legacy.
Best audio: Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Best multiplayer: Splatoon 2.
Most anticipated game: The Last Of Us 2 Clipped Wing Edition.
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Super Mario Odyssey.

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by Mafro » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:08 pm

Best visuals: Persona 5
Best audio: Super Mario Odyssey
Best multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Most anticipated game: Metroid Prime 4
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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by karl_fletcher » Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:58 am

Best visuals: Horizon Zero Dawn
Best audio: Wipeout Omega Collection
Best multiplayer: MK 8 Deluxe
Most anticipated game: Red Dead Redemption 2
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: Mario Odyssey

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by CuriousOyster » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:37 am

Best visuals: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Best audio: Super Mario Odyssey
Best multiplayer: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Most anticipated game: Red Dead Redemption 2
GRcade Game of the Year 2017: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Sensing a pattern for GOTY :slol: So deserved if so, has to be in my top 3 of all time. Nothing quite like loading it up in Switch portable mode for first time 8-)

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by Rex Kramer » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:17 am

Best visuals: Has to be Horizon Zero Dawn, that game is gorgeous 90% of the time and absolutely breathtaking 10% of the time.

Best audio: As much as I love the soundtrack to Stardew, it's got to be Horizon Zero Dawn again. Playing this with a decent set of headphones really opened my eyes to how good PS4 audio can be. I'd even spend a few minutes just stood on top of a hill listening to the wind.

Best multiplayer: I don't really play multiplayer so can't really offer an option. In fact the only multiplayer I've played regularly this year are either Monster Hunter IV or Titanfall 2 and neither launched in 2017.

Most anticipated game: It's a close one for me between Ace Combat 7 (for the VR), Monster Hunter World and the final winner Red Dead Redemption 2.

GRcade Game of the Year 2017: I spent an awful lot of time with Horizon Zero Dawn this year, didn't really play Zelda much on Wii U for one reason or another and have only just picked up a Switch and haven't played Odyssey yet. But one game shines over all the content I've played this year and that is Stardew Valley and the fact that I'll soon be playing it again on Switch makes me smile a lot.


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